Anna Maria's Gift

Anna Maria's Gift

By Janice Jordan Shefelman; Robert Papp (Illustrator)

Random House Books for Young Readers, Paperback, 9780375858826, 104pp.

Publication Date: January 25, 2011


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When Anna Maria's father dies, she moves to an orphanage in Venice. Though she misses her father, she knows he will always be with her, as long as she has his beautiful violin. Luckily, the orphanage is also a renowned music school, with a teacher who is none other than composer Antonio Vivaldi. But when her violin is stolen, Anna Maria must search Venice's bridges, streets, and canals. Will she ever find it and can she ever be happy in Venice without it? This lyrical historical-fiction story captures Venice, the joy of music, and how kindness can make a scary new place feel like home.
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About the Author

Robert Papp has won awards nationwide, but he is most proud of the reaction his paintings receive from children. He lives in Pennsylvania with his artist wife, Lisa, and their cat, Taffy.